Roland take a backseat to anyone?
Posted by Karen R on October 21, 1997 at 15:20:22:
In response to The theme of possession, written by Jane Elizabeth on October 21, 1997 at 13:32:52
] ] If Roland we not so indistinct a personality he never would have been able to gain Maud's confidence, because of her fear of being taken over, possessed. He is in a way a feminist hero, because he takes a back seat to just about everyone in the story, especially Maud.
Each of your paragraphs was sooooo good, I decided to comment on them separately. Hope that doesn't drive people nuts, but I can't deal effectively with chaos.
Anyway, Roland a feminist hero?? I certainly never thought of him that way, but you may have something there. One normally associates a knight (or a knight to be) with an action adventure (stereotypically masculine writings--don't condemn me yet, I did see the movie "Long Kiss Good Bye" or whatever it was).
Maud assumes the spotlight because she has the academic standing, the wherewithall ($$$$) and connections to advance their quest. Roland is able to get Maud to join him because she too is at a stage in her life where she is dissatisfied. As symbolized by Leonora, she rejects the feminist take on her scholarship.
Roland's realization and his actions at the end of the novel, I believe, prove that he has not been subordinated to the shining Maud. He comes into his own and brings a certain (sort of) closure to the story, just as he began it. She is much more visible and he certainly doesn't mind being in the shadows. He brings heart and soul into our ice princess. Don't sell him short.
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